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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Changing perception of beauty

John Power with one of his works
John Power with one of his works

Maria Pepper

Sculpture, design and intriguing objects are contained in an exhibition called 'The Nature of Things' by John Power which is opening at Kamera 8 Gallery in Rowe Street on Wednesday, October 23 and continuing until November 23.

Former RAF electrical technician Power's work is about perception and definition, as well as interpretation and aesthetics.

Growing up in rural Ireland, Power always loved the beauty of the woods and surrounding landscape but working for years in industry, including a stint as a technician on a Shell oil refinery in Saudia Arabia and various companies in London, he saw and observed the surprising beauty in this environment too.

Surrounded by machines and devices buzzing with electrical energy, cable racks and looms of vibrant colours, he discovered a certain aesthetic which he found fascinating.

He began working as an artist and designer in 1994, creating his own devices and machines, industrial in appearance but philosophical and aesthetic in their nature.

The artist has previously exhibited in Dublin Airport and the Temple Bar Meeting House Square. After moving to Germany, he exhibited in Leipzig and Dresden and had regular showings at the old AEG industrial complex in Berlin where he also organised and curated the international exhibition Landscape-Metropolis.

In 2017, he was invited by the University of Applied Science Chur Switzerland to give talks and workshops, enabling the students to be more creative, spontaneous and free thinking.

The Wexford exhibition which also features a digital print by Luke Lacey, was selected and organised by Anya von Gosseln who previously hosted Power's work at the Art in Progress gallery in Dublin in 1995. It's the artist's first since his return to Ireland.

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